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Two men dead, one injured in shooting Wednesday night at Orléans plaza

Ottawa Citizen logo Ottawa Citizen 2022-10-07 Jacquie Miller , Matthew Lapierre
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Two men were shot dead in the parking lot of a plaza on Tompkins Avenue and Tenth Line Road in Orléans on Wednesday night.

The Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit is investigating the deaths.

Police identified the victims as Krishel Kanin Murphy-Nimblett, 28, and Mohamed Omar Mohamed, 23, both of Ottawa.

The shooting was in a parking lot in a plaza at the intersection of Tompkins Avenue and Tenth Line Road.

Around 9 p.m., Mussa Siddiqui, the owner of the African BBQ House in the plaza, stepped out of his restaurant to grab a hot chocolate at the nearby Circle K convenience store.

Witnesses heard a smattering of gunshots, but they weren’t loud, and inside the store, Siddiqui heard nothing.

Emerging from the store, he saw Mohamed Omar Mohamed, the 23-year-old who would later die of gunshot wounds, walking across the parking lot before collapsing. “I’ve been shot,” Siddiqui recalled the young man saying.

Siddiqui said he and a trio of men including the Circle K store clerk tried to help the wounded man. The commotion drew a woman who said she was a registered nurse, and she ordered them to get cloths, remove the victim’s shirt, find the wounds and apply pressure.

Siddiqui said he went looking for towels to stem the bleeding and that’s when he saw the body of another young man, obviously shot dead, sitting in a black BMW that was riddled with bullets, its driver side window broken.

The bystanders called an ambulance while trying to keep Mohamed alert and alive as he faded in and out of consciousness. He had been shot at least twice, Siddiqui said, once cleanly through his arm, and another time in his back.

First responders were slow to the scene, Siddiqui said. Police arrived within 10 minutes, and an ambulance only arrived five minutes or so after, he explained.

“I was expecting the police there within two minutes because we’re literally one set of lights away from the Tenth Line police station and I didn’t think the ambulance would take that long,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Ottawa Paramedic Service said one adult male was found dead at scene and one was taken to a trauma centre in critical condition with life threatening injuries. A third person, another adult male, was also injured but with less serious injuries taken to the hospital in stable condition. He was later released.

Siddiqui learned Thursday morning that Mohamed had died. “It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I feel bad for the families of the kids that died — over stupidity, over nothing and the guys lost their lives.”

He knew both victims, though not well. He described them as respectful. They had been regular customers and recently they had been spending their afternoons in the plaza parking lot.

“Everyone was noticing that BMW coming here and parking there around 4, 5 p.m. and they would eat either from us or Milano’s,” Siddiqui said, “and they get out of the car, they smoke their joints or whatever and there’s all these people coming in and out seeing them and I didn’t think anything of it. I just thought it was a bunch of kids hanging out and then this happens. It’s pretty crazy.”

 A photo of Tompkins Plaza on Thursday morning. © Tony Caldwell A photo of Tompkins Plaza on Thursday morning.

Siddiqui said despite the shooting, he would be opening his restaurant on Thursday. He has been answering his phone non-stop for calls of support and check-ins.

“You gotta do what you gotta do. If I keep it closed for a week I’ll go out of business,” he said.

“I come from Afghanistan. We left Afghanistan because we don’t want to deal with stuff like this. It sucks. I come from a war torn country. I don’t want to see stuff like this.”

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

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